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Is Steve Glazer going to the dogs?

Uploaded: May 4, 2015

Well, yes, in a way. Dr. Jim Delano of the Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center is hosting a "meet and greet on behalf of Steve at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Clinic, 2000 Bishop Ranch Drive, San Ramon." City Councilman Harry Sachs is co-hosting the event this Thursday, May 7th at 7 pm.

Harry's emailed invitation invites voters interested in meeting Mr. Glazer. "I want to personally invite you to meet with Steve Glazer, candidate for State Senate.
Next Thursday, May 7th at 7pm, Dr. Jim Delano and myself will be hosting a meet and greet on behalf of Steve at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Clinic, 2000 Bishop Ranch Drive, San Ramon.

We are endorsing Steve because he fits the Tri-Valley's centrist political orientation. Steve Glazer is a reform-minded, fiscally conservative public servant who knows state government's complex policy issues better than most.

As a city council member, I support his efforts to reform state pensions further and support public safety. As a classroom teacher, I support his efforts in making higher education accessible to all Californians. As a working parent, I support his pledge to not raise taxes further.

Don't let this election go to the dogs!

Please join Jim and myself to meet and listen to Steve talk about issues that affect all of us.

Kindly RSVP by email:

Jim and I look forward to seeing you. "

I can't make it that night, even though I will be dropping my cats off at the Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center on May 5th for boarding. That's if I can catch them all. One of them knows something is up and has been hiding. I know where she's hiding, but if I try to grab her she will just move away and hide somewhere else.

Another one is starting to get suspicious. She isn't hiding, but she won't let me get too close to her. The other two are lumps and easy to catch. I need to catch them all and take them to BR for my annual trip to Maine. My brother is celebrating his 75th birthday and of course Mother's Day is this weekend.

If I can't get all of the cats to Bishop Ranch tomorrow, my neighbor Sally said she'd check on them while I'm away. I'll be back the following week, in time for the election.

I don't use a mail in ballot. I prefer to go to the polling place and vote in person. I plan to vote for Steve Glazer so I'm sorry I will miss the "meet and greet". At least my cats will be in attendance.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Steven Maviglio, a resident of another community,
on May 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

It's unfortunate this column has become a paid political announcement for the Glazer for Senate campaign lately -- as if the $1.6 million his effort is getting from a LA developer or the $1.1 million from a tobacco industry financed political action committee plus another $1.5 million from other outside the district special interests wasn't enough.

Mr. Glazer is not a centrist, he's an opportunist. He's telling Democrats one thing and Republicans another. For example, see the above when he says he won't raise taxes further? That's what he tells conservative supporters. To Democrats, he says how proud he is to have engineered the largest tax increase in California history. That's why Contra Costa County's Republican DA supports Susan Bonilla, as does law enforcement, teachers, firefighters, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, Supt. of Public Instruction, former Congressman George Miller, and most of the area's elected officials.

Please support Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla in the special election!

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 5, 2015 at 9:40 am

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


It is a political announcement from San Ramon City Councilman Harry Sachs. As far as I know it is not paid for by anyone, at least not to me. I get my meager pay from Embarcadero Media for each blog. Right now I'm supporting Glazer, but my blogs are on different subject each week.


Posted by American, a resident of Danville,
on May 5, 2015 at 10:21 am

"Steven Maviglio":You note you are from "another community"...Why don't you stay involved in your own community, and out of our community...Dr. Delano and Bishop Ranch Vet have done an awesome job over the years taking care of our rescue dogs and the fact that they support Mr. Glazer just reinforces my belief that Mr. Glazer is the best candidate for this election...Your comments that Joan Buchanon does not support Mr. Glazer also reinforces my belief that Mr. Glazer is the best candidate for this election...Those of us actually "from our community" will vote Mr. Glazer into office.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on May 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

What kinda dogs are we talking about here?

Posted by pleasanton resident, a resident of Val Vista,
on May 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Steven Maviglio is an ultra extremist on the left who is entirely beholden to the Unions, supports free speech (but only if he agrees with it) and is thoroughly corrupted by the politicians (Perez and Steinberg) and politics in Sacramento where he spends most of his time. He should be ignored. He supports Bonilla because she supports Unions (no matter what).

Posted by Ignatius Reilly, a resident of another community,
on May 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

A little context might be useful.

"A long-time political consultant, Steven Maviglio has been likened to a Karl Rove of the left and is arguably the most recognizable liberal spin doctor in Sacramento."

From the Sacramento Business Journal

Mr. Maviglio, please also disclose how much you are being paid to run the IE, and save the trouble of having to look it up. Thanks.

Posted by Edan Smith, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

It seems like Mavagilio (sp?) is just out to paint Mr. Glazer in any type of bad light he can think off. Honestly, I was neutral in the race but now, there's no way in hell i'm voting for Bonilla when she has a paid sputz making wild claims. Just googling this guys name he comes up on a whole bunch of articles throughout the state trying to force influence in the comments. Please keep your fabricated opinions to yourself. Thank you!

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I suspected he was working on Bonilla's campaign, but I didn't think he was paid. No wonder he thinks anyone who supports Glazer is paid too. Humm, maybe I'm in the wrong business.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on May 7, 2015 at 3:09 pm

I have no problem with people making money. What's the problem?

Mr. Maviglio works for a living like tens of millions of other hard working Americans.

Web Link

Have a great weekend everybody! HOORAY!

Posted by Cholo Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore,
on May 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm

As I recall, the FBI has even raided Republican offices:

Web Link

B U S T E D!

hahahahahahahaha...all the way home!

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on May 7, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Like it or Not, LOBBYING is FREE SPEECH and it's protected in the GOOD Ole USA!


Posted by Voter, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on May 11, 2015 at 9:06 am

Mavagilio has been paid a liberal Dem political activist for 20+ years. Any issue initiative or union candidate he's on it. So he's very angry that Glazer would 'dare' to think and act independently, and not follow leftist, UNION line. They will make Glazer suffer, for daring to do what's right for 'the people'.

Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on May 12, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

I believe Steve Glazer will win his election.
Steve will win this election because of the negative union activity.
It was the union negativity that elected Catherine Baker to the Assembly.
I believe the results will repeat and Steve Glazer will be elected.

Posted by Martha, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 12, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Unions and Management are bound by legal contracts.
It is naive and dangerous to advocate strike breaking, instead of
Union-managemen negotiations.Q
Ban BART strikes is CODE for anti-Union Corporate oligarchy
(Look it up) just admit it--you dont want to share piwer with unions,
like you would in a Democracy.

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 13, 2015 at 11:58 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

I just got back from Maine this afternoon and I see there has been a lot of activity on this blog. The election is next week. It will be decided by those who choose to vote. I plan to vote.


Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.


I'm not against Mr. Maviglio earning his living as a paid political advisor. However, I am against his posting messages without revealing that fact. Mr. Glazer has a paid political advisor too, but he isn't posting comments on blogs.


The BART Union had a No Strike Clause in their contract. However, they went on strike after the contract expired and a new one was being negotiated. That's a loophole that Assemblywoman Baker is trying to close.

Steve Glazer is Mayor of Orinda. He actually cares about residents of Orinda who could not get to work because of the BART strike. He wants to close that loophole too. You want to defend the highest paid transportation workers in the country for keeping working people from being able to get to their jobs.


Posted by SpyMax, a resident of Bonde Ranch,
on May 26, 2015 at 2:13 am

Roz are one of the best authors on this site! Thanks for so many articles you've wrote!

Posted by San Ramon Observer, a resident of San Ramon,
on May 26, 2015 at 10:21 pm

San Ramon Observer is a registered user.

Thank you, SpyMax. I appreciate favorable comments. However, I remove links to promotional websites. That's why the one you posted is gone now.


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